Microsoft Launches Windows 8 OS Preview

Microsoft has launched the preview edition of its next consumer operating system (OS), Windows 8.

From today users of Windows 7 will be able totry out the “reimagined” software ahead of its full release. The company calls it the most significant redesign of the Windows interface since its groundbreaking Windows 95 OS. The system’s design draws heavily on the “Metro” interface utilised on the current Windows Phone platform. The Windows 8 developer preview launched late last year and has been downloaded more than three million times.

Windows president Steven Sinofsky said more than 100,000 changes had been made since the developer version went public. For the first time since its inception, the trademark Windows “Start” button will no longer appear – instead being replaced by a sliding panel-based menu.

The OS is Microsoft’s attempt at combining a shared look and feel for smartphones, tablets and desktop computers – mirroring similar approaches from key competitors Apple and Google. The slide interface is paired with a more traditional-looking Windows layout to allow familiar use of programs such as Excel and Word.

“Windows 8 is a generational change in the Windows operating system,” said Mr Sinofsky at the launch event, held at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. “Apps bring to life the operating system. The more apps you have, the better your experience.” A release date for the finished version of Windows 8 has not yet been announced.

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Nokia Unveils 41 Megapixel Camera Phone

Mobile phone giant Nokia on Monday unveiled a phone with a powerful 41 Megapixel camera as it attempts to reposition itself back at the forefront of the mobile market.

The phone is among a dazzling array of new gadgets unveiled so far at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, an annual event that showcases the industry’s latest innovations. Among them is a Chinese phone that claims to be the world’s fastest and another that carries an in-built projector.

The unrivaled camera capabilities of Nokia’s 808 PureView, which runs the company’s Symbian operating system, caused ripples of surprise among Congress delegates who predicted few surprises thanks to pre-event leaks and rumors. The 41 Megapixels put the phone in the same league — in terms of photo resolution — as professional cameras costing thousands of dollars. Reportedly priced at €450 ($600), the device is due to be released in May, with the camera technology likely to be carried over to other Nokia phones.

Nokia, which in recent years has seen its dominance of the global mobile market eroded by manufacturers such as Apple and BlackBerry, also launched a lower-cost version of its flagship Lumia phone range. The Nokia 610, priced at €189, runs on the mobile version of Microsoft’s Windows 7 operating system.

Source: CNN

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